Google+ isn't Making a Dent in Facebook's Traffic

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Holly Golightly

I think these numbers will change when Google+ is no longer an "invite only" service. I mean, how long can they keep the damn social network exclusive?

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lakawak

If we are going to use a steam analogy for Google+, it would not be "gaining steam" since the last month worth of traffic data shows that the stove has been turned off and the pot has run dry.  Google+ is not gaining steam.  its traffic is FALLING.  And you can't hidethat behind "It's in BETA!" crap since that would not explain why the people who were using it 6 weeks ago are not using it today.  Nor would it explain why for the past month, the 25 millon users have been able to very easily invite 150 people each...yet in those 5 weeks, les than FIVE million new users have signed up.

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MaximumMike

It seems that Google+ is now open to the public. You can sign up without an invite here http://plus.google.com.

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codepath

Well, so far, I love G+. But my time there is coming to an end because I just got the notice that my account will be disabled if I do not use my real name. This makes me sad as it is infinitely better than Facebook which has some truly evil business practices. I still do not see how requiring real names makes it better.

Spammers do not care if their account gets shutdown after a few days. They'll just make more.

Pedophiles would just create a fake but realistic sounding name in the first place and slide under everyone's radar.

Trolls/flamers/abusers are so narcissistic that they do not care what anyone thinks and will behave more like spammers and just create throwaway accounts.

So, the only people this policy adversely affects are people who have a legitimate reason to use and maintain a singular presense under a pseudonym. Like me.

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Scythian

I will never sign up for another social network after Facebook. Thinking about closing my account there. As for Google requiring an invite, they did this with gmail too, I will never sign up. Who do they think they are. btw do you really trust Google?????

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ChatterboxChuck

LOL, you sound paranoid. Look, social network is not for everyone. You don't want to be on any the that's your choice. As for trusting Google. I trust no one, not even Maximum PC, yet I am here posting. Why, because what else is there to do? Stay off line forever? LOL, yea right.

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schmag

it is tough to love a social network that is missing the social part.

with that said I haven't been able to get half my friends on G+. if they don't get rid of the invites/beta I think we will see G+ decline before it gets too much larger.

gmail was an invite only/beta for I want to say years. G+ will die a silent death if they do the same. at the time of Gmail it was bassically the king of online email. essentially unlimited storage that you could use as a basic drop box. it was sought after, wonderfull, and you didn't need to invite all your friends to have fun.

G+ needs friends.

too bad you just can't buy them like barbies friends. (there ya go google. exploit the invite only policy. start selling invites)

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lakawak

Even if EVERY single person who has a Gmail account (or any Google account for that matter) signed up for Google+, it would still have less than 1/4 as many users as Facebook. This notion that everyone had/has Gmail is wrong.  4 out of 5 people on the internet don't use ANY Google service other than google.com. Meaning they have no google account.  It doesn't matter if Google+ opened up sign ups tomorrow.  It wouldn't matter.  It is not as if people are desperately begging people for invites but can't get any.  The reality is over 90% of invites that are sent are going ignored by the recipients who don't want it. It doesn't do ANYTHING that Facebook does not also do, so there is no reason for people to use it.

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Dartht33bagger

I would really like to see social networking go by the way side.  I remember in 2007 all I had to do was check my Myspace once a week and that was good enough.  Now I have to check my Facebook 5 times a day just to figure out what is going on, only because everyone posts events on there.

Sometimes I just get tired of feeling like I should always be able to be reached by someone.

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schmag

I am right with ya.

I kinda miss the days of no email on the phone. a cell phone that minutes were so expensive that people called your home phone first and called the cell for emergencies.

now people get mad if they can't get a hold of you right now.

it feels good to go to the lake for a week. no watches. no cell phones. a real book(no ereader). a fishing pole and some beer.

after awhile you don't know or care what time of what day it is.

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tekknyne

Amen brotha.

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brirun

I really like Google+ so far, but it will be tough to derail the Facebook train. The best Google+ lovers can hope for is for both to live happily at the same time...and hope someone writes something that will post to both at the same time. Did we go through something like this with im-ing??

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leper1983

Nov5 was a hoax

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Holly Golightly

Oh no... That is bad. I am all for Google since FaceBook is garbage. Excited about November 5th! As for Google+, they need to get rid of that annoying "Invite Only" policy. It has been far too long enough that they were in beta. I'd tell them to hurry up!

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lakawak

Not only was November 5 a hoax, but it wouldn't matter if it wasn't.  Anonymous are not hackers.  Tehy are children who will never lose their virginity who can take down some smaller unprepared sites with DDoS attacks.  Not hacking. Facebook is plenty prepared for a group whose biggest "attack" thus far is that they took a toilet paper website offline for 2 minutes.

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Holly Golightly

Have we forgotten the biggest hack in history? Sony was hacked for an entire month by these guys. I may not agree with them on all causes, but FaceBook is annoying and evil. They make a profit from selling your info. I do not think they are the best business to be trusted, and since they are legend for destroying privacy, I say that someone ought to bring justice against them... Even if it is a group of virgin thugs.

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